In a crucial stakeholder meeting with the government, women farmers from Kwara State, operating under the umbrella of the Small Scale Women Farmers Organization Of Nigeria (SWOFON), expressed their deep concerns over critical challenges affecting their agricultural activities.
The interactive session, with ministries, departments, agencies, and other stakeholders funded by Action Aid Nigeria through the Scaling up of Public Investment in Agriculture (SUPIA) project, implemented by the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (CCEPE), addressed pressing issues faced by the farming community.
Saheed Hajara, a farmer from Kaiama Local Government Area, highlighted the severe impact of inaccessible roads, while farmers from ASA and OFFA local government lamented the prevailing insecurity, citing disturbances by terrorists, who not only posed a threat to the farmers but also damaged their crops by allowing their cattle to graze freely.
In response, Aliyu Abubakar, the representative of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, advised the farmers to engage local hunters and embrace cluster farming to mitigate insecurity challenges within their localities.
Meanwhile, prominent agricultural stakeholder, AbdulRahman Akindele Ayuba, founder of the Centre for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication (CCEPE), underscored the meeting’s significance, emphasizing its focus on the new executive’s priorities and its commitment to addressing challenges affecting agriculture in Kwara State.
In her remarks, the recently appointed coordinator of SWOFON, Ndako Elizabeth from Patigi LGA pledged to represent everyone fairly, ensuring transparency, and committed to serving with dedication and diligence.